Masterplanning with a long-term timeframe, increased use of technology, and private sector funding are the tools needed to develop and transform airports in Southeast Asia, according to speakers at the inaugural Indochina Aviation Conference in Bangkok on 23 August .
Tony Middleton, managing director of Periploi Aviation, cited Singapore as a good example of a country that has forecast its long-term needs well and made space available for expansion. Failure to do so leads to congestion and potential airside safety issues, as seen at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in Thailand; Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta in Indonesia.
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